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Former Ohio State wrestler accuses Jim Jordan of covering up knowledge of doctor’s sex abuse - News - The Columbus Dispatch


A former Ohio State University wrestler told an Ohio House committee this week that GOP Congressman Jim Jordan is trying to cover up his knowledge of sex abuse by the former team doctor.

Several former student athletes at Ohio State have come forward as victims of Dr. Richard Strauss, a former team doctor accused of sexually assaulting athletes in the mid-1990’s. Strauss killed himself in 2005.

Jordan, an assistant coach, has denied any knowledge of the abuse, but Adam DiSabato said he told then-Coach Russ Hellickson and Jordan about Strauss.

“They did nothing. They told me they went to their superiors. They told me to ignore it,” Adam DiSabato told the House Civil Justice Committee as it considered a bill that would exempt Strauss’ victims from the statute of limitations on suing Ohio State.

Adam DiSabato’s brother Mike DiSabato has been an outspoken critic of the university’s handling of the Strauss allegations. During his testimony, Adam DiSabato said Jordan pleaded with him not to back up his brother’s claims.

“Jim Jordan called me crying, crying, groveling on the 4th of July, begging me to go against my brother. Begging me. Crying for a half an hour. That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on here,” he said.

Jordan’s spokesman told USA TODAY that Adam DiSabato’s testimony is “another lie.”

Jordan has continually denied he knew anything about the sexual abuse by Strauss.

An unidentified wrestling referee said in a lawsuit filed last fall that he told the same duo, Jordan and Hellickson, after an incident with Strauss in the shower — but the duo did nothing.

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